Fear and exhaustion shadow Venezuelan women on the long trek to Peru

The escalation of tensions and economic hardship have compelled millions to exit Venezuela. Women and girl migrants are especially vulnerable during border crossings. Many fear sexual violence and exploitation as they travel great distances, often alone.

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The 2019 Family of Woman Film Festival: A Celebration of Women

The Family of Woman Film Festival, held in idyllic Sun Valley, Idaho, wrapped up earlier this month. Founded by Friends of UNFPA Board of Directors Member Peggy Elliot Goldwyn, the festival was both sponsored by and benefited Friends of UNFPA. Since 2008, it has helped bring attention to UNFPA’s…

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UNFPA Provides Care and Services in Yemen with Your Help

As the crisis in Yemen continues, UNFPA is delivering reproductive health services to women and girls in need. Friends of UNFPA’s supporters help make this possible.

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Incredible Work and an Urgent Need: A Visit to UNFPA Madagascar

Late last year, Friends of UNFPA supporter Jyoti Agarwal and her husband Damian traveled to Madagascar and visited UNFPA programs in the country. “It was invaluable,” said Jyoti, “for us to see firsthand the thousands of lives that can be impacted by the donations we are fortunate to…

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Youth voices: Acting to end the stigma of homelessness and menstruation in Africa

CAPE TOWN, South Africa—Imagine, on a day when you had your period, if you had to choose between buying food or pads. What would your priority be? This difficult decision is a reality for homeless women each and every month. The routine tasks of managing personal hygiene and…

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Wheels of change in Azerbaijan: cycling towards girls’ empowerment

MINGACHEVIR, Azerbaijan — For two long years, Gulnar, 14, was unable to continue her education. The distance between her home in rural Azerbaijan and the nearest school was just too far. But then her brother went away to do his military service, leaving behind his old bicycle. Gulnar…

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‘Stay Safe Mama’ saves mothers and their newborns

“I got married when I was 15 years old and now I have five children. During the last pregnancy I suffered a lot. Our house was very close to the bombing and we had shrapnel inside our house in many occasions. I was in constant fear for myself, my kids, husband and the baby inside me.”

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The World Needs Safe Motherhood

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Friends of UNFPA to sponsor the 2019 Family of Woman Film Festival

The Family of Woman Film Festival, February 26 to March 3, 2019, is pleased to announce that Friends of UNFPA (the United Nations reproductive health and right agency) will return as the Festival sponsor in 2019. The Festival was initiated in 2008 to raise awareness and support of…

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The Power of Choice: The State of World Population 2018

State of World Population 2018 – The Power of Choice: Reproductive Rights and the Demographic Transition The power to choose the number, timing and spacing of children can bolster economic and social development, new UNFPA report shows UNITED NATIONS, New York–The global trend towards smaller families is a…

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